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BlackBerry PlayBook Browsing Tips & Tricks

Friday, June 10th, 2011

Ty W. from Inside BlackBerry has just posted a new article on his blog on BlackBerry PlayBook Browsing Tips & Tricks. The content is worth sharing with you all to improve your efficiency with the BlackBerry PlayBook. Make sure you leave a comment below or leave us a few of your own BlackBerry PlayBook Browsing tips and tricks.

Tip 1 – Search using the Address Bar

Instead of visiting your favorite search engine website to perform a search, you can just type whatever you are looking for in the address bar and press the Enter key to perform an automatic search. You can change which search engine is used by swiping down the top bezel while using the browser and selecting “Options”. Within this menu, you’ll have the option of changing which search engine your browser is automatically using.

How To: use File Explorer on your BlackBerry

Friday, June 10th, 2011

Did you know that your BlackBerry device has a built-in File Explorer that is great for managing music, videos, pictures and documents on your BlackBerry smartphone. It’s just like viewing your device memory or media card on your computer when using Mass Storage mode. In this tutorial, I am going to show you how to access the File Explorer and what you can do with it.

There are two sets of instructions for both BlackBerry OS 6 & OS 5. If you are having problems identifying what OS your BlackBerry smartphone is running on, read how to identify BlackBerry device software versions. Let us begin.


How To: identify BlackBerry device software versions

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

Whenever I get emails from you guys asking for help with your BlackBerry, the first thing I ask in my reply is: What BlackBerry OS are you running? Often times, I get replies back asking: How do I identify what BlackBerry OS I am running?

So here’s a short tutorial on How to identify BlackBerry device software version you are on. I will go over how to check both, BlackBerry 6 and BlackBerry 5 or lower operating systems. If the first set of steps doesn’t seem right or isn’t working for you, follow the second set cause you might be running OS 5 or below.

BlackBerry Device Software Version 6

  1. Select Options on the home screen (this may appear within a Settings folder depending on your current theme).
  2. Select Device.
  3. Select About Device Versions.
  4. The BlackBerry Device Software version will be the first set of numbers on the third line, as per the screenshot below.


For All PlayBook App Developers: Debugging BlackBerry Web applications using Web Inspector

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

Inside BlackBerry Blog has just shared an article for all BlackBerry PlayBook app developers for debugging and profiling tools that can be used to improve the quality of your content by troubleshooting bugs, tuning changes, and optimizing performance. Hopefully, this article can help you create superb PlayBook apps for us to use.

Web Inspector for the BlackBerry Tablet OS

The Web Inspector tool is a debugging and profiling development tool for web content that is included as part of the WebKit rendering engine. It is widely considered one of the most comprehensive and powerful utilities that web developers can use to troubleshoot and optimize their web content. It includes a variety of features and capabilities, such as inspection, profiling, console integration and more.

A common challenge that mobile web developers have historically experienced is that the Web Inspector tool is easily accessible for use with content loaded directly within WebKit-powered desktop browsers (such as Google® Chrome or Safari), but not necessarily for content loaded on a mobile device. I’m very happy to share that you can now use the Web Inspector tool to debug and profile live web content and/or BlackBerry WebWorks applications running on a BlackBerry PlayBook tablet or simulator. In fact, the Web Inspector tool for PlayBook is one of the only detailed ways to see inside a live mobile browser.


Useful Tips for Multi-tasking on the BlackBerry PlayBook

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

Seems like a lot of you were interested in our How To: Personalize your BlackBerry PlayBook articles. Today, we have more BlackBerry PlayBook HowTos and tips for you – Tips for multi-tasking on the BlackBerry PlayBook. This article will go over viewing notifications, switching to another song or changing settings on the fly, as well as my favorite gesture, and full screen application switching.

Take your PlayBook out and let us begin.

Peeking at the Status Bar

After becoming familiar with this gesture, I started to use it every time I pick up my BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. This feature allows you to quickly display the status bar while using another application, which means you can do things like lock your screen orientation or switch to another song – really handy!

All you need to do is swipe in from the top left or top right while using another application. To get back to your application, just tap the center of your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. For a visual overview, check out the screenshots below showing the before and after effects of using this feature.


Five Tips for BlackBerry Smartphone Power Users

Monday, May 30th, 2011

BlackBerryInsight has published a number of articles abouts tips and applications on how to save power on your BlackBerry device. I’ve listed a few below.

Ty.W from Inside BlackBerry has also published an article about Five Tips for BlackBerry Smartphone Power Users, which I think would be helpful to you guys and is worth sharing.

Tip 1 – Navigate menus quickly using your BlackBerry smartphone keyboard

This is a really handy tip that applies to BlackBerry smartphones that include a physical keyboard. Whenever you are presented with a menu, you can use your keyboard to quickly cycle through the various menu options by tapping the first letter of any option listed in the menu.

For example, in the screenshot at the top of this post, you’ll notice the menu that appears if you press the Menu key while using the Pictures application on your BlackBerry. If you want to select the “Set as Contact Picture” option, depending on which BlackBerry smartphone you are using, you can scroll up using the trackpad, or simply touch the screen.

My preferred method however is to hit ‘S’ on the BlackBerry smartphone keyboard, as this will start cycling through the Menu and land on anything that starts with an ‘S’. So the first time I hit ‘S’, the option of “Set as Wallpaper” will be highlighted. Hitting ‘S’ again will then highlight the “Set As Contact Picture” option, which is what I was looking for.


How To: search your mailbox remotely using a BlackBerry

Sunday, May 29th, 2011

For the last few days, I’ve been talking about how your BlackBerry has unique features for BlackBerry Enterprise Server user or users who have integrated a Gmail email address. With your BlackBerry, you can actually remotely search for deleted emails (with attachements) using the search feature. The features allows you to search your desktop mailbox using your BlackBerry smartphone, thus allow you access to emails that are no longer stored on your device.

In order to use remote search, the first thing you need to do is verify that your BlackBerry smartphone supports this feature. To verify which version of BlackBerry Device Software you are using, click here to review a knowledge base article in the BlackBerry Technical Solution Center.

The next step will be identifying if your BlackBerry smartphone is activated on a BlackBerry Enterprise Server, or if it is using an integrated Gmail email address using the BlackBerry Internet Service. Instructions on how to identify if you are using one or both of these messaging services, you can check out the two articles, with the link provided, below.

After you have confirm that your BlackBerry device meets all requirements, you can follow the steps below to remotely search your mailbox using your BlackBerry.


How To: Create the ultimate playlist with all of your favorite music

Saturday, May 28th, 2011

This article is part of the How To: Personalize your BlackBerry PlayBook article series, read other related How To articles.

Since you are carrying your BlackBerry PlayBook with you, wherever you go, you would probably want to load some songs onto the tablet to keep you company. You can make your own music playlist on the Music application on the PlayBook. What’s even more cool about it is that any playlist you make can be synchronize to your desktop computer when you are using BlackBerry Desktop Software for Windows.

But today, we’re only going to go over how to make your own playlist on the BlackBerry PlayBook. Follow the steps below:

  1. Open the Music application on your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet.
  2. Find a song, artist, album or genre you like.
  3. Swipe down from the top frame and tap Edit.
  4. Tap a song you’d like to add to checkmark it, then tap Add. (You can remove a song as well by tapping Remove.)
  5. After you’ve finished adding songs, tap the center of your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet to close the Options bar.


How To: Find suitable PlayBook accessories to fit your personal style and needs

Friday, May 27th, 2011

This article is part of the How To: Personalize your BlackBerry PlayBook article series, read other related How To articles.

Even though the PlayBook sleeve that came with the tablet is nice, but I would also like to customize my PlayBook a little bit with some accessories. Accessories such as covers, stands, protectors, and so on; you get what I mean? I am sure there are some of you out there that thinks the same way. We’ve introduced a few PlayBook accessories so far (such as the Arkon Portable Fold-up Stand) on BlackBerryInsight and will continue to do so.

You can also find a numer of BlackBerry PlayBook Accessories on Amazon for a very decent price. Or you can check out the official BlackBerry PlayBook accessories website, but I recommend you pick what you want from this site and get it on Amazon cause it’s usually cheaper.